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1. Ms. Al-Muhairy (United Arab Emirates) ...
4. Palestinian children continued to suffer from tragic humanitarian and security conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories which posed grave threats to their lives and future. The continuing attacks, closures and oppressive policies of the Israeli occupying forces had resulted in the killing and maiming of thousands of children and the spread of poverty and disease. Her delegation therefore called on the international community to compel Israel to cease its aggressive policies and ensure its respect for and commitment to the principles and provisions of international humanitarian law including the Fourth Geneva Convention.
35. Mr. Halabi (Syrian Arab Republic) ...
36. The continuing Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan, however, had adverse repercussions on the lives of Syrian children and was a major impediment to their rights under the Convention; Israeli nationality was imposed on them, they were denied free access to information and they suffered from the severe shortage of available health facilities. As in previous years, he again regretted that the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict had been unable to report on the suppression and killing of Palestinian children by the Israeli occupation authorities. He nevertheless hoped that the violence perpetrated against children in the occupied Syrian Golan by those same authorities would receive the attention it deserved in the final report of the independent expert for the United Nations study on violence against children. In the interest of evolving a comprehensive and systematic strategy for eliminating the rising tide of violations against children, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, he stressed that there was no room for double standards or selectivity in addressing the issues relating to the children around the globe who were affected by armed conflict and foreign occupation.
53. Mr. Israeli (Israel) said that his Government was committed to the principles outlined in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and in the outcome of the special session on children.
54. Israel had built a cross-sectional infrastructure to enhance its efforts to promote and protect children and was coordinating many of its efforts with non-governmental organizations, including an association for the planning and development of services for minors at risk. The pluralistic nature of Israeli society presented unique challenges for the development of policies to protect children. In an effort to be both effective and ethnically sensitive, Israel was developing tailor-made programmes for Bedouins and other population groups.
55. Caring for children was a global concern. Israel offered training courses on a wide range of issues concerning children and would be pleased to share its experience with the international community.
56. Mr. Saeed (Sudan) ...
... Lastly, he appealed to the international community to take the action needed to end the Israeli practices responsible for the suffering and deprivation of innocent Palestinian children; their fundamental rights, including the right to life and the right to an independent State, should be guaranteed.
The meeting rose at 1 p.m.
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